This concert is a Fundraiser for KEYS
Free Music Improvisation Workshop at 2 pm
Nicole Pasternak will take listeners on a musical journey exploring the contrasting artistry of Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald while highlighting their distinct attributes. These women expressed the heart-touching stories of their lives through song. Billie was a songwriter in her own right; her song “God Bless The Child” will be featured with background on this and other original works. Ella wrote a handful of songs, but is most famous for her recordings of the great composers of her day: Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, and George Gershwin.
Nicole Pasternak’s Jazz Quartet will be accompanied by longtime friend, trumpet player Chris Brown. Voices Café audiences will remember Chris for his Chet Baker Tribute performed at Voices in May of 2013. For this performance, Chris and Nicole will partner to show how singers and horn players interact in jazz, playing off one another in a “musical dance” as they share the musical legacy of Billie and Ella.
Nicole Pasternak has always flown below the radar, carving an ever-growing niche with jazz enthusiasts around the country with her honest, swinging voice and effortless attitude. JazzTimes’ critic Chuck Berg once described her as “reminiscent of a young Ella. The Norwalk Hour said she has “an almost uncanny ability to reach out and pull listeners into the music and make them want to stay there.”
Chris Brown in addition to playing trumpet and flugelhorn, Chris is an acclaimed sound engineer and producer, recording many of Paul Winter’s CDs as well as jazz greats like Jack McDuff and Al Gray. A Bethel resident, he was classically trained at Oberlin College and has been playing jazz for more than 30 years.
This concert is a fundraiser for KEYS: KEYS is a non-profit organization based in Bridgeport. KEYS mission is to bring one-on-one instrumental lessons and group music instruction to inner-city children in Bridgeport who have no other access to this empowering life experience. The additional $2.00 per ticket will be donated directly to KEYS to support this program. For more information go to: www.keysmusic.org
Music Improvisation Workshop: Chris Brown will conduct a free Music Improvisation Workshop for instrumentalists and vocalists with any level of experience from 2:00 to 3:00 PM on the afternoon of March 8th. Contact David Vita at 203/227-7205 x14 for more information and to sign up.